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Rejoice, Christ Has Risen!
Come, let us rejoice in this stupendous act of God's glory and power. We are told that if we suffer and die with Christ, we shall rise with Him. Therefore, let us rejoice and act like redeemed people, because that is who we are. Through His Resurrection, the Incarnate Word has conquered sin and death. His Sacred Passion has been followed by His triumph!
May the spirit of Easter joy be with us as we continue the celebration of the gloriously resurrected Christ who remained on earth for forty days after His resurrection. Then, when He bodily left the earth at the Ascension, He promised that He would not leave us alone; He would send His Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, at the Pentecost ten days later. Let us thank God for rising and then continuing to be present to us!
Sisters Celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday with Consecrated Life Holy Hour
Sister Amata (top picture) introduces the Holy Hour; Sister Mary Virginia (center left) provides music. We adore (center right) the Blessed Sacrament; we end (bottom picture) by praying Vespers, the Liturgy of the hours.
The Year of Consecrated Life is Launched in Victoria Diocese
The Year of Consecrated Life was launched on the first Sunday of Advent. Above we see the participants lined up ready to enter the Church; Father Gary Janak, Pastor, presiding at the Mass; and some of the participants enjoying the delicious refreshments provide by the Serra Club.
Our Charism and Our Mission in the Church Today
We, the Sisters
of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of Victoria, Texas,
are women of the Church, who, in our communal living, seek
to focus on the Person of the Incarnate Word through adoration,
witness, and the Extension of the Eucharist by service to others
in a spirit of charity and simplicity.
Our mission is to extend the Incarnation in today's
world by living the Gospel of Love, proclaiming the Good News and
building the Kingdom of God.
Impelled by love to share the Incarnate Word's mission
of bringing God's kingdom to be, we joyfully seek to serve those
in need, through an apostolate of Christian education and care of
the sick as determined by the current needs of the church.
During Ordinary Time in the Church We Follow Jesus as He Teaches Us About His Kingdom
We are in the "Ordinary Time" of the Liturgical Year. Ordinary Time refers to the periods of the Catholic Church's liturgical year that fall outside of the major seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter.
This time is called "ordinary" because the weeks are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, Ordinary Time is in fact the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we follow Jesus in manifesting His Kingdom and in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.
IWBS Leadership Team
The new leadership team of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters of Victoria, Texas, was installed on June 15, 2012. Standing (Left to Right) are: Sister Odilia Korenek- Second Councilor, Sister Clare Underbrink- Third Councilor, Sister Andrea Hubnik- General Treasurer and Sister Amata Hollas-General Secretary. Seated (Left to Right) are Sister Kathleen Goike-First Councilor, Sister Stephana Marbach- Superior General, and Sister Laura Toman- Fourth Councilor. The team looks forward to serving the Congregation for the next six years.
Right:Sisters Andrea, Laura, Clare, Odilia and Kathleen place their hands on the Word of God as they promise to assist, advise and support the General Superior (Sister Stephana, who is standing at right) in promoting the Charism and mission of Venerable Jeanne de Matel in service to our congregation.Seated at right is Bishop David Felhauer who officiated at the Eucharist. Below: Sisters enjoy a delicious banquet prepared by Sisters and the kitchen staff.
Sisters Share "Interviews With Missionaries" Award with the Catholic Lighthouse
Sister Evelyn Korenek, General Superior (white jacket) and Sister Laura Toman (left) receive the Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara Award from the Society for the Propagration of the Faith from Cynthia Brewer, editor of The Catholic Lighthouse newspaper, and assistant, Regina Matus-Janak(right). Cindy's article on Sister Rebecca Janacek, Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament missionary in Africa, won Honorable Mention 2011 "Interviews With Missionaries." The story was titled "Sister Rebecca: Kenyan Daktari Ya Watu, Wanyama Na Mtu Ya Duka (Doctor, Veterinarian and Shopkeeper)".
IWBS Sisters and Associates Host National Incarnate Word Reunion
The Victoria Sisters and Associates of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of Victoria hosted the Eighth Incarnate Word National Reunion on July 22-24, 2011. The theme of the assembly was: Sisters and Associates of the Incarnate Word: On the Cutting Edge of a New Vision - Where are WE Standing? As the Sisters and Associates of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament from Cleveland, Corpus Christi, Houston, along with representatives from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word gathered, the reception area rang out with greetings of joy upon reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones who shared the Incarnate Word heritage. The Reunion gave us the opportunity to search out some aspects of our common heritage, and to share prayer, food and laughter. It gave us an opportunity to share what the Incarnate Word is doing in our lives and ministry,as each Congregation gave a presentation on how its members were "extending the Incarnate Word".
Pictured: (top left) Victoria Sisters; (top right) Victoria Associates; (center right) Corpus Christi Sisters and Associates; (bottom left) Cleveland Sisters and Associates; (bottom center) Houston Sisters and Associate; (bottom right) Houston Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
Sisters Enjoy Time Together on Community Days
Every member of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament was present at the annual gathering in which we focused upon the continuing effort to Refound our Congregation upon the spirit and charism of our foundress, Venerable Jeanne Chezard de Matel. In the opening session of the assembly, Sister Digna Vela helped us explore the mystery of the Trinity as a model for community and unity. Saturday Father Stan DeBoe and Brother Patrick Wildgen continued the process of encouraging us to live as our foundress did -enbracing whole-heartedly our Triune God and letting go of our fears and beliefs and practices that no longer fit our world today. Sunday morning began with a prayer in which we illustrated the weaving of our spirituality and practices around a maypole. May we continue this weaving as we continue Jeanne de Matel's spirit and charism as we meet the challenges that the "Signs of the Times" present to us as faithful daughters of the Church. We pray that the grace of our Creator God, the love of the Incarnate Word and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit sustain us as our Refounding journey continues.
IWBS Sisters Welcome New Associates of the Incarnate Word
The Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters are happy to welcome newly consecrated Associates. Their foundress, Jeanne de Matel received a special call to institute an Order that would be a new introduction of the Incarnate Word in the world. She saw, in the Associate program, a way to share this gift with many more persons in their own particular way of life. In an effort to be faithful to our own call "to draw others to share in the graces of the Incarnate Word", we have been sharing our spirit with Associates for some twenty years. We have 140 Associates from more than 20 parishes.
Click on "Our Associates" for more on "Associates' Consecration".
Victoria IWBS Sisters Have a Meeting with "Partners in Mission"
The Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters have invited "Partners in Mission," some of the lay men and women among whom they minister, to reflect upon needs of the Church and how we can address some of them together.
Our retreat provides time for spiritual renewal, prayer, and reflection!
Competent directors, attentive listening, and quiet reflection spaces contribute to a God-filled experience!
We strive to deepen our relationship with the Incarnate Word so that we can more authentically proclaim Him.
Our Sisters Support Pro-life
Sisters Ready for Right to Life March in January
Our Sisters demonstrate our strong pro-life stance by participating in pro-life activities such as "right to life" marches.
On evenings of executions in Texas, you are invited to join us in a Prayer Vigil at 5:45 PM* in our Incarnate Word Convent Chapel, 1101 NE Water Street in Victoria, Texas. We pray for the murder victim, for family and friends of the murder victim, for the prison guards and correctional officers, for the family of the condemned man/woman, for the man/woman to be executed, and for an end to the death penalty. *If you plan to join us, please call and check on the time because some days, our scheduling is altered.
Scheduled Executions in Texas
January 21: Arnold Prieto- executed
January 29: Robert Ladd- executed
February 4: Donald Newberry- executed
March 11: Manuel Vasquez- executed
April 9: Kent Sprouse- executed
April 15: Manuel Garza- executed
April 23: Richard Vasquez-stayed
April 28: Robert Pruet- stayed
May 12: Charles Derrich- executed
June 3: Lester Bower
June 18: Gregory Russeau
As we reflect on the Incarnate Word and his call for us to rejoice, let us be mindful that we are celebrating the major events of the awesome incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of the Second Person of God, in which He became one of us so that He could redeem us and lead us to the Father. Now, let us seek Him and let us look afresh at this awesome mystery through the eyes of mystics since we are all called, through our Baptism, to be mystics, that is, persons of prayer, persons whose experience of the presence of God is intense and leads to continuing conversion.Let us respond to this call to deep communion of love and of knowledge with God and then share it with all humankind as prophets -persons who communicate the message of God to the whole world. Therefore, let us receive God’s love and, in turn, extend it to others -as mystics and prophets in today's Church.Go to Top